As Part of His Campaign Pledge to Visit All 36 Oregon Counties, Vance Day traveled to Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Multnomah, Sherman, Marion, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler to Hear from Leaders and Citizens

REDMOND, OREGON — Vance Day, candidate for Position 3 on the Oregon Court of Appeals, a statewide, non-partisan position, barnstormed the state last week, meeting with local citizens in Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler counties. This unprecedented effort is part of his campaign pledge to visit all 36 counties in Oregon.

Vance Day meeting with community members in Wasco County March 29, 2022

While on the road, Vance Day was interviewed on the KYKN, Salem program, “Newsmakers at Noon.” In that interview, when asked if his message was resonating across the political spectrum, Day said:

“Many people come up to me and say, ‘I know your background, judge. You were Republican, and I may not agree with you on some of these issues, but I support you 100% because we need to have people who put the brakes on the various actions of government. And if you’re willing to look at the Constitution from an originalist standpoint, we need that perspective.’

People also say, ‘You sound like you’re our diversity candidate.’ I smile, and I say, ‘I am. I am for a diversity of thought and opinion and perspective and philosophy. There is not an originalist on the Court of Appeals or the Oregon Supreme Court.’”

Vance Day was interviewed on the “Jayne Carroll Show.” In that interview, Day explained his groundswell of support:

“Friends all over, when you meet them, say, ‘What happened to Portland?’ I think its root cause is when you step away from the rule of law and move into a paradigm of rule by ‘who deserves what,’ the oppressor-oppressed, binary choice, it becomes the rule of people. That’s not the rule of law.

America is a free constitutional republic because it is a nation of laws. And laws should be applied equally to all people in all places at all times in the same manner. And when a government like Portland stopped applying the law equally that way and allowed 110 days of riots to occur, they’re just aiding and abetting lawlessness.

That’s one of the reasons that I think people will be interested in this race. Judges are duty-bound, under oath, to act as a check and a balance against any effort to diminish or distort or discard our Constitution, along with the rights and freedoms of the people that those constitutional rights are designed to preserve. So, I think this groundswell is not something that will fade. I think it’ll hit pretty hard this primary but even harder this Nov. And people will start to look at Oregon differently because we’re going to elect some different types of leaders, thankfully.”

Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey with Vance Day March 29, 2022

While on his listening tour, Vance Day met with law enforcement officers in a number of counties to emphasize the importance of sheriffs to law and order, saying,

“Oregonians need to remember that our sheriffs are critical to law and order. There are our constitutional officers in every single county. And so many times, we don’t think that they make that much of a difference, but oh boy, do they. So, support your sheriff in every county.”

Meeting in Condon with leaders, supporters, volunteers, and citizens, Vance Day emphasized the importance of character and community knowledge for public servants:

Gilliam Co Justice Court Judge Cris Patnode with Vance Day March 29, 2022

“It’s so critical that you find people who are quality, who’ve got character. They understand their community, and they’re willing to listen and dispense justice instead of just being a legal system. That’s part of the problem. We’re supposed to have a justice system, but instead, we have a legal system with those who frankly have the money or the power get to use the rules to get off. That’s not justice.”

While in Enterprise, the county seat of Wallowa, noting a large “Happy Easter” bunny in the entrance, Vance Day said:

“Frankly, too many people get wound around their own axles about celebrating community events. Easter is a good community event, and there’s nothing wrong with calling it Easter and the government doing a display.”



Vance Day is a candidate for Position 3 on the Oregon Court of Appeals, a statewide, nonpartisan position. The election will be held May 17, 2022.

Day is a sixth-generation descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, born and raised in the Willamette Valley. He graduated magna cum laude from Warner Pacific University and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1991. An accomplished trial lawyer, he has tried over 300 bench and jury trials. In addition, Vance served the State of Oregon for nearly four years as the Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. 

In 2011 Day was appointed to serve as a Circuit Court Judge and was elected to a full six-year term in Nov. 2012. In 2012, Judge Day started a veteran’s treatment court in Salem, Oregon, to target the root causes of veterans’ criminal behavior, such as homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse, by bringing together the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the judge, other veterans, treatment providers, mentors, and support teams to work together to help veterans make a fresh start. While Day was running the program, there was a zero-recidivism rate.

Upon completion of his term as a circuit court judge, Vance Day was recruited by the board of the Christian men’s ministry Promise Keepers to help rebuild the organization, eventually serving as president of the organization. Under his leadership, the organization was revitalized and now ministers to hundreds of thousands of men globally. Most recently, Day travels the length and breadth of Oregon on behalf of the James Madison Center for Free Speech, meeting with various organizations, churches, and community groups to discuss our constitutional liberties and how we can responsibly respond to government overreach.

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April 6, 2021
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